Family of boy who shot teacher at Virginia school alleges gun was seized


In the first public expressions after the incident on January 6, the relatives did not specify how the minor accessed the gun if he was under guard.
The family of the 6-year-old boy who shot his teacher at a Virginia school indicated, through his attorney, that the gun was allegedly secured.

In statements released by family lawyer James Ellenson and quoted by media such as USA Today, they alleged that the weapon was supposedly stored.
In the first public expressions after the incident on January 6, the relatives stated that they have always been committed to the responsible carrying of weapons and to keeping these objects out of the reach of minors.

However, they did not specify how the minor accessed it if he was under custody.
The incident in which first grade teacher Abigail Zwerner, 25, was injured was reported at Richneck Elementary School.

The minor was carrying the 9mm pistol in her backpack.
It is also not clear why the boy attacked the teacher and how she managed to enter the school with the weapon.

At the moment, neither the minor nor her parents face criminal charges in relation to the events.

The investigation continues

Newport News Police Chief Steve Drew said this week that although the parents have not been charged, the investigation is ongoing.
In Virginia, leaving a weapon accessible to a minor 14 or younger is a misdemeanor.

The department had previously indicated that the boy’s mother was the one who legally purchased the gun in York County.
Drew added that he is confident prosecutors will make the right decision based on the evidence before them.

Ellenson indicated to the aforementioned medium that the juvenile court system chose to treat the minor as a child in need of services, a mechanism used to provide counseling and other tools to young people in crisis, for which reason he has not been charged for the facts at the moment. .

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